Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Three cool and socially distant things to do this week

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: Kimball's Peak Three streaming a thoughtful, romantic indie film — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Raising the Resistance:
A Mother’s Guide to Practical Activism

Parents work hard to teach their children about the way the world works — but teaching them how to change the status quo can be a bit more difficult. Author Farrah Alexander provides an inspiring roadmap for helping parents and mentors guide children as they grow up and become new changemakers in their communities. Practical tips, commentary and friendly support abound in this solution-oriented guide tailor-made for parents who want to “raise the resistance.”

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Mortal Shell

Any time you have to enter your birthdate just to check out the website for a video game, you know you’re in for some pretty intense content. Mortal Shell is a violent, dark and strange RPG complete with cool weapons, enemies and lots of action. Gameplay has been compared to that of Dark Souls, which may be more of a warning than an accolade if you’re a gamer who likes your wins quick and easy. If challenge is your thing, however, you’re in for a treat. The players who tackled the game in its beta rollout were thrilled with suiting up in an epic knightly armor “shell” to battle twisted foes in a haunting realm of chaos. Developed by a smaller company, the game isn’t too hard on the budget, which is always a bonus. Available Aug. 18, on PC, PlayStation 4 and XBox One.

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The Left Right Game

The revival of the serial drama is one of the greatest gifts to come out of the rise of podcasting. Even better, many podcast producers have also given a brand new outlet to aspiring storytellers hoping to get their words to the world. The Left Right Game is just such a podcast, based on a story from the subreddit r/nosleep. The 10-episode series follows journalist Alice Sharman (voiced by Tessa Thompson from Thor: Ragnarok) as she joins a convoy of paranormal investigators chasing a mystery about a road that leads to an alternate dimension. Available now on most podcast platforms.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Four fun things to do while you’re staying safe at home this week

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: Black Lives Create Fest and an exhibit of art by Gregg Deal and JayCee Beyale at The Modbo — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Nine Bar Blues

Music, magic, sci-fi and fantasy all coalesce in this collection of short stories by two-time World Fantasy Award-winner Sheree Renée Thomas. Thomas’ signature poignant and mystical style pays homage to the musical traditions from which she draws inspiration: genres home-grown on American soil, especially the blues. But the stories themselves are not all rooted in America. Thomas will take you from West Africa to America’s Deep South to unexplored alien worlds, all the while introducing you to characters you’ll love. The only problem? When they’re collected in short stories like this, you never want these journeys to end. Available from most book retailers.



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Carrion

In this engaging, dynamic, pixelated platformer, you play an oozing, yonic, tendrily monster a la John Carpenter’s The Thing, leaving a trail of blood as you crawl and swing through the halls of the top secret lab that — what? — Created you? Contained you? That’s a mystery you can discover for yourself as you munch on scientists and soldiers to regain health, smash up all sorts of machines, and slowly infect the whole compound with your uh... viscera. Get ready for some gore. Available on Nintendo Switch.

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The Tick

Spearheaded by the only competent writer of the CW’s Supernatural, Ben Edlund, The Tick is a romp of a superhero show that many fans claim never got the respect it deserved. Described at turns as both “absurd” and “heartfelt,” The Tick follows an oddball blue superhero and his superpower-less sidekick as they work to take down a citywide criminal conspiracy. Yeah, the plot is your standard superhero fare, but the characters and delightful execution give the show a fresh feel. Available on Amazon Prime.

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Spooked

Some people only listen to scary stories during October, which is honestly just a waste of 11 whole months, when you could be consistently scared shirtless by good, terrifying tales. Spooked, a popular horror podcast, ups the fear ante with the assurance that every story you’ll hear is real, and shared by the very people who experienced it. Ghosts, demons, devils and all manner of occult oddity await you, and there’s a nice impressive backlog of episodes (five seasons!) if you feel inclined to binge. Available on most podcast
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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Four opportunities for entertainment and education this week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: a community puppet-build and writing workshop — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Cases of Color

It’s a sort of in-joke in true crime circles that white women in their 30s are the biggest fans and loudest creators of true crime podcasts. But that’s why podcasts like Cases of Color are so vitally important. Host Randi Johnson guides listeners through cases like that of a Black woman, Tamala Horsford, who died mysteriously at a party where all the other guests were white, or Breonna Taylor, the Black woman who was killed by police just this year in her Louisville apartment. Part advocacy, part case summary and part insightful commentary, Cases of Color is the kind of true crime podcast we need to be paying more attention to. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Ghost of Tsushima

Set in 13th-century Japan, this new action-adventure, open-world game will make players feel as though they’re starring in their own classic Samurai movie. Player character Jin was trained and raised in old Samurai traditions, but when Mongol forces threaten his home, he has to make a difficult choice: to adhere to those traditions or strike out on a new path that may save the war-torn island of Tsushima. Explore a beautiful landscape, meet thrilling allies and enemies, and guide Jin through choices that will shape the future of his nation. Available on PlayStation 4.

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Love on the Spectrum

Unlike most reality dating shows, Love on the Spectrum isn’t a competition or a melodramatic gimmick. “We’re telling autistic stories via the lens of dating and relationships,” creator Cian O’Clery recently told TheWrap, “but really, it’s about getting to know these people and understanding the diversity of autism and the fact that everyone is so different. It’s something you just can’t make assumptions about.” This five-episode documentary series explores the challenges people on the autism spectrum face while dating, but it also explores their successes, and offers viewers an authentic look into the lives of seven unique subjects. Season one is streaming now on Netflix.

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Walking With the Wind

When Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, passed away earlier this month, he left a nation in mourning. A civil rights icon who served three decades in Congress, Lewis’ legacy is one of wisdom, compassion and determination. While Lewis is now gone, we can still learn from what he left behind. His memoir, Walking With the Wind, details his role in the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s, interspersed with reflection and analysis. As protests advocating for Black lives continue across the country, we would do well to take Lewis’ life lessons to heart. Available from most book retailers.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Four exciting ways to spend your socially distant week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: Curbside Culture, a new COPPeR program — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Drive-in Cinema

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival has joined the drive-in movie trend, bringing viewers classic favorites from past festivals, as well as new releases. Even better, they run three showings over the weekend, so there’s a way better chance you’ll be able to score tickets than you’ll get with single-showing drive-ins. This weekend’s film is Meet the Patels. Ravi Patel is a man with a problem. He is longing for a love that fits his past, present and future while battling the loving meddling of his well-meaning family. Humorous and touching, Meet the Patels is the exact soothing balm your heart needs in tough times.
8 p.m., July 23-25, former Gazette building parking lot, 30 S. Prospect St., $25, rmwfilm.org/drive-in-cinema

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“The Life and Legacy of John Lewis”

Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, a Civil Rights pioneer who spent his life protecting others and advancing equality in the United States, passed away on Friday, July 17. On this week’s episode of The Daily podcast, host Michael Barbaro is joined by Brent Staples of The New York Times to discuss Lewis’ highly lauded life and career. Born to sharecroppers on Feb. 20, 1940, Lewis grew up with a passion for human rights and a desire to effect real change in his community and the country at large. The Daily offers a fitting tribute to his dynamic career and offers listeners insights into the life of an incredible man.

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The Beauty in Breaking

Emergency room physician Michele Harper shares a deeply moving memoir about her life and her experiences as a Black female doctor working in a majority-white, male-dominated profession. Through intimate stories of hardship, like the dissolution of her marriage on the cusp of a move to Philadelphia, Harper outlines a remarkable life built through learning how to overcome struggle and grow from the experience. In stories about her patient encounters, she also provides readers with insight into how to recognize what breaks us, how to repair those breaks and how we all share a common bond in both breaking and healing. Available via most book retailers.

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Paper Mario: The Origami King

Every Nintendo enthusiast loves a great Mario game; after all, the bouncing, fireball-slinging plumber is the true OG of the popular game developer. In the latest installment of Mario’s wild adventures, players must help the wee warrior stop the Mushroom Kingdom from folding — into origami, that is. Collect coins, battle villains, solve puzzles and save the realm from transforming forever. Is it similar to every Mario game ever? Of course it is; that’s why you’ll love it. Available now on Nintendo Switch.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Four things to do while staying socially distant this week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: Green Box Arts Festival's virtual happy hours — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Concerts@Lunch

Colorado Springs’ Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (gssepiscopal.org) has long been known for its support of classical music. While the church won’t be featuring any in-person performances until further notice, they have teamed up with local musicians to make your lunch hour a little brighter. On Thursdays through Aug. 13, you can tune in to the church’s Facebook page at noon to enjoy the sweet strings, keys and occasional horns of some of the most talented classical musicians around. Whether you’re still working from home or navigating the socially distanced workplace, these weekly shows are sure to soothe and delight and provide a nice respite in the middle of your day.


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Peace Talks

Part fantasy, part mystery, author Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series has long been a source of delight for readers who enjoy magical stories packed with wit and humor. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading the antics of professional wizard Harry Dresden as he solves modern-day challenges with ancient solutions, you can start from the beginning with Storm Front. For those who have passionately followed the series into the present day, Peace Talks is here to delight, the first of two novels released in 2020. Harry Dresden joins the security team of the magical White Council to protect peace talks to end hostilities between supernatural entities in his beloved hometown of Chicago. Political intrigue, humorous mishaps and magic abound as Dresden attempts to save the day with his trademark chaotic heroism. Available from most book retailers.

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Shade

Fine arts photographer Lou Mensah brings together a variety of creatives from multiple disciplines to discuss race, identity and the arts. In the podcast bio, Mensah says the show focuses on “anti-racism conversations through the lens of creativity and activism,” adding, “I’ve created a space for activists and artists to share with you the whys and hows of their experiences challenging white supremacy in the arts, our institutions, education, academia, online, our communities and in legislation.” The guests are fascinating, spanning multiple countries and roles in the artistic community and offering frank, informative and critical anti-racist conversations. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Dealt!

If you’re bored with traditional card games like Uno and Phase 10, there’s a new (well, new to English speakers) game ready to test your strategy — and relationships. Dealt!, also known as Krass Kariert or Checkered Combos, is a card game where there may not be an ultimate winner, but you find victory in not becoming the ultimate loser. Each player has three life tokens and two reserve cards and is dealt a hand of cards that must remain in the exact order dealt. Everyone takes turns playing combinations of cards in an attempt to achieve the highest score. If you cannot play, you can use up a life token or try to use one of your reserve cards to build a new combination. The first person to run out of life tokens loses — and everyone else wins. Available via most game retailers.
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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Four engaging stay-at-home experiences you can enjoy this week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: an outdoor family theater hike produced for the COVID era — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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CrossCode

Nostalgia is abundant in CrossCode, a 2D RPG developer Radical Fish Games describes as “retro-inspired.” Indeed, the 16-bit-style graphics do give you that old arcade feel, but with a clarity and crispness that would make any pre-2000s gamer green with envy. The look isn’t the only reason CrossCode was fervently crowdfunded into existence by its huge fanbase. The gameplay itself is pretty rad, too. Puzzles, battles and more than 100 quests are spread across seven locations filled with enemies. If that doesn’t sell you, the game consistently scores high ratings on the current available platforms and it’s affordable, too. Available July 9 on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Hamilton: An American Musical

Catching a performance of Lin Manuel Miranda’s epically popular musical Hamilton is nearly impossible even when there isn’t a pandemic shuttering theaters across the country. Fans can spend hours on hold or waiting online only to end up too late to purchase a ticket. The secret recipe for this play’s success lies in its music — catchy hip-hop, jazz and pop — as well as its ability to make a rather stuffy era of history into a far more engaging storyline (yes, even with the historical liberties taken). The diversity of the actors playing roles that would normally be given to white performers is also a refreshing change. Catch the original cast in a recording of a live show streamed for a limited time on Disney+.

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Fake Doctors, Real Friends

Calling all Scrubs fans! It has been a decade since this popular comedy (with occasional drama) left television, but the rate at which its fans voraciously re-watch reruns has yet to slow. Zach Braff (J.D.) and Donald Faison (Turk) have teamed up to re-watch the series right alongside you, starting from the pilot episode. Not only do listeners get treated to commentary from the two actors — who are real-life BFFs — the duo also brings on other cast members to chat. Available on most podcast platforms.

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The Only Good Indians

If you love experimental horror and you haven’t heard of Blackfeet Nation author and Boulder, Colorado, resident Stephen Graham Jones, you’re missing out. Fortunately, you can rectify that issue immediately with his newest work, The Only Good Indians. The plot follows four Blackfeet men as they find themselves hunted by an entity seeking revenge for an incident that occurred a decade earlier during an annual elk hunt. In addition to Jones’ dark prose, critics have lauded the novel’s underlying social and cultural commentary, as well as its themes of identity and tradition. Available July 14.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Four great ways to stay busy and engaged this week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: a community reading of Frederick Douglass' "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July"  — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Mexican Gothic

Gothic horror, historical fiction and mystery come together in this fascinating novel set in 1950s Mexico, where author Silvia Moreno-Garcia immerses the reader in Mexican high society. Heroine Noemí Taboada travels to the Mexican countryside to visit her cousin after receiving her letter begging for rescue. Upon arrival, she finds even deeper mysteries — her cousin’s evasive husband and eccentric father-in-law, the terrifying home that plagues her dreams and a history of violence and secrets. Available now through most book retailers.




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Solve True crime is one of the most popular genres in podcasting, with millions of listeners tuning in each week to dissect murders, disappearances and other mysteries. Solve does things a little differently than the rest. Think of it a bit like the board game Clue combined with a favorite episode of Law & Order or Forensic Files. Listeners are presented with true-crime-inspired mysteries they can solve using interactive content like clues, testimony and interviews to help them decide who was the ultimate perpetrator from a list of four suspects. At the end of the episode, they vote for the guilty party and then the truth is revealed. Available on most podcast platforms, as well as Snapchat and other social media platforms.

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The MOVE/ment

Dance has long been a medium for telling personal stories. Through July 8, the Colorado Ballet and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance will stream The MOVE/ment, a performance that explores the power of dance to unify artists from all backgrounds and styles and inspire equally diverse audiences. “This is an incredible opportunity to bring a diversity of dancers, in both culture and genre, together to create a work that is reflective of these powerful times in our community and the world. The arts have always been a powerful catalyst for positive social transformation. This project is an inspiring representation of this collective vision.” Watch through July 8 at coloradoballet.org/presents.

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The Happiness Lab

It’s pretty tough to be optimistic with all that is going on in the world right now. Achieving happiness when so much seems to be going wrong can seem nearly impossible. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos shows listeners that happiness might be more achievable than you think — once you realize that it’s probably not what you thought. There are multiple seasons, but the most relevant right now is the “Coronavirus Bonus” series with support for combating loneliness and isolation, nurturing your relationships and helping others to help yourself. Available on most podcast platforms.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Four fun ways to pass your time inside this week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local experience — this week: playwright Idris Goodwin's free plays to help you teach anti-racism to your family — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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You Should See Me in a Crown

Got a bored teen looking for something fun to read this summer? Author Leah Johnson offers relief in her new young adult novel, You Should See Me in a Crown. Protagonist Liz Lighty is awkward and broke and hoping to get out of her tiny Midwestern town and become a doctor. When her financial aid for the prestigious Pennington College disappears, she decides to go for her school’s prom queen scholarship, awkwardness be damned. But will issues of race and her deep and abiding crush on the new girl derail her goals? Compassionate, humorous, awkward and empathetic, You Should See Me in a Crown is perfect for teens (and their nostalgic parents).


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Today, Explained

Important, worldwide events are happening at a rapid pace, and it can feel overwhelming and confusing to try to harness them all at once. Today, Explained is a Vox podcast hosted by Sean Rameswaram, a former correspondent for Radiolab’s More Perfect and several radio broadcasts. Rameswaram captures the most important stories of the day and distills them into a 20-minute episode that will help you understand what is going on and tell you where you can go to research events in-depth. Its brevity makes it the perfect accompaniment to a daily commute, and will leave you feeling informed without feeling overwhelmed.

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Colorado’s Grand Talent

If you have been anxiously awaiting your favorite new talent shows on television — and wondering if and how they will return at all — there’s a new series that might be able to soothe your angst. Colorado’s Grand Talent will highlight some of the state’s best singers as they compete at home for an opportunity to score a cash prize. The show premieres July 3 and, in the spirit of many televised talent shows, will offer viewers the chance to vote for the winner. Watch the show here.

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Pandemic: Hot Zone

While you might be avoiding pandemic-related activities, there is a pretty neat opportunity to play a best-selling pandemic-themed board game without setting foot in a store. Game creator Asmodee has released a free, printable version of Pandemic: Hot Zone complete with map, cards and directions. If you’ve ever dropped $50 on a tabletop game, you know what a big deal it is to get it all for free and have the convenience of tucking it into a folder and taking it anywhere you go. Make sure you have paper, a printer, tape and scissors. Gameplay is cooperative, pitting players against outbreaks via research and strategy. Access it now here.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Get involved: A town hall meeting with local community advocates

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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Protests against police brutality and racism are well into their third week in the United States and there has been no loss of momentum in the movement so far. Demonstrations have been held in all 50 states and have spread out into, at last count, 18 other countries including France, Australia, Japan, Jamaica and South Korea.

With a movement so vast, it can be a daunting task for individuals who want to participate to find their role in helping to make a difference. On Thursday, June 18, local hip-hop station 96.1 The Beat is hosting a 30-minute live online town hall meeting to help listeners learn ways that they can be a voice for change right here in Colorado Springs.

The station, whose social media banners declare “we are in this together,” has been a vocal supporter of the movement from the very beginning, with on-air personalities Cheeba and B participating in the ongoing protest downtown, showcasing black-owned businesses during their afternoon show and hosting events like this week’s town hall.

The town hall will include three community advocates: Stephany Rose Spaulding, Ashley Cornelius and Rachel Stovall, talking about the need for the Colorado Springs community to be a “voice of change.” The statement on the event Facebook page reads, “96.1 The Beat stands with the black community, but we understand that simply standing is not enough. We must speak up.” Each of the guests have a strong background in speaking up and in helping others find their own voice.

Spaulding is an associate professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the director of the university’s Women’s and Ethnic Studies program. She serves as a senior pastor at her church and is a vocal activist and speaker in the community. She has run for both Congress and the Senate.

Cornelius is a poet and the co-director of Poetry719, a Black-run poetry organization that began as a Facebook group in 2009 and shifted to an event-based organization in 2017. Before the pandemic, the organization held multiple themed events centered on identity and diversity. Lately, they have been hosting online events via platforms such as Facebook.

Stovall has had a long career focused on community-building and fund-raising. She currently pens a weekly column on social issues that impact Colorado Springs, and is part of local entertainment group Phat Horn Doctors.

Listeners are invited to leave questions and messages for the town hall at 719-581-2328. It is not guaranteed that all questions or messages will be answered during the 30-minute session.

June 18, 5-5:30 p.m., facebook.com/BeatColorado
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Four socially distant ways to stay educated and entertained this week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 17, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: a town hall meeting about recent protests with community advocates — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen

Through the examination of more than a century of film and television clips, Disclosure explores Hollywood’s misrepresentation and marginalization of trans people on screen. Leading trans performers and activists such as Laverne Cox and Zeke Smith discuss the problems with how trans individuals are treated in some of pop culture’s most popular films, television shows and characters. More than that, they share deeply personal stories about how those films affected the way they viewed themselves. Disclosure offers deep insight into the role Hollywood has played in dehumanizing trans people in the eyes of society. Premiers June 19 on Netflix.




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Homie

Danez Smith’s book of unflinching, intimate poetry encompasses the anger, joy, pain, hope and pride they have experienced as a Black, queer, HIV-positive individual navigating a world that is hostile to all that defines them. Through page after page of carefully crafted, beautiful verse, Smith shocks with brutal honesty and soothes with the balm of love and friendship. Their work is not only a deeply moving experience, it is a shining testament to their exceptional poetic skills. While referring to any artist as one of the best or greatest in their generation tends to inspire scoffing and rolling eyes, in Smith’s case, it is unequivocally true.

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Food 4 Thot

When a podcast describes itself as “Like The View, but not terrible,” you know you’re in for an interesting time. Food 4 Thot hosts Tommy, Fran, Dennis and Joe tackle a variety of topics both irreverent and profound, from Ariana Grande and graphic sex tips (unrelated) to literature, queer theory and identity politics. The unfiltered banter and obvious affection shared by the hosts makes you feel like you stumbled into a weekly happy hour session and got invited to pull up a chair. Be warned, this podcast is unmistakably not safe for work. Or children. Or your conservative grandparents. In short, use headphones. Available on most podcast platforms.

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The Search for Planet X Joining a long list of new board games successfully crowdfunded with Kickstarter campaigns, The Search for Planet X has finally hit retail shelves for purchase by non-backers. Players take on the role of astronomers who seek to, you guessed it, find Planet X. Using observations and logical deductions while tracking your data on nifty sheets, you work to narrow down the possible locations and beat your opponents to discovery. Gameplay takes place on a traditional board and is facilitated by a companion app that preselects the planet and then assists you in scanning when it’s time to make your educated guess. Each round, players perform scans with the app, attend conferences and “publish” papers to score points. The game is structured for 1 to 4 players, which makes it ideal for solo evenings, date nights or small, socially distant gatherings. Available now at most game retailers.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Four anti-racist resources for the learning ally

Posted By on Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: artist/activist Jasmine Dillavou's zine-making workshop for teens — and recommend some things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.


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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Between the World and Me is a deeply moving book that shares author Ta-Nehisi Coates’ experiences as a black man in America, written as a letter to his teenage son.
Coates’ prose is poetic as he explores the pervasive fear that has existed with him since childhood, and the institutionally sanctioned construct of race that persists in subverting some while elevating others. It’s an informative and heartbreaking read, but also a necessary one for any person trying to expand their understanding of what it means to be black in the United States.




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Behind the Bastards: The Man Who Teaches Our Cops to Kill

Journalist and podcast host Robert Evans discusses the history of the Killology Research Group and its troubling relationship with law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. Thousands of law enforcement officers have taken Killology courses over the last two decades, training them how to kill without conscious thought. Evans delves into the principles of these courses, many of which are based on founder David Grossman’s study of killing in combat, including divisive “us versus them” rhetoric, fear and violence. This compelling podcast will leave listeners with insights into at least one party responsible for the militarization of law enforcement today. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992

When the story of the Los Angeles riots began to dominate the news in households throughout the United States, most Americans viewed it as an uprising triggered by a single incidence of injustice. The citizens of the city, particularly people of color, knew an entirely different story. Director John Ridley shares Los Angeles’ fraught history of police violence, detailing nearly a decade of racism, injustice, murder and systemic abuse leading up to the day that four policemen beat Rodney King. One of the most compelling aspects of the documentary is Ridley’s list of interviewees, including victims of police brutality over many years, a juror from the Rodney King trial, an officer who killed an unarmed black man utilizing the department’s dangerous chokehold technique, and one of the officers who beat King. Available now on Netflix.

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So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race accomplishes quite a bit for a single book. Author Ijeoma Oluo offers frank and informative insight into her experiences as a black woman through sharing the many, many cringeworthy conversations she encounters just trying to navigate her daily life — conversations that many readers will likely recognize as mistakes they themselves have made. Through detailing these experiences, Oluo also educates the reader on topics ranging from white privilege to far-too-common microaggressions like asking to touch a black woman’s hair or making inane commentary about how “educated” a person of color sounds. Her book even works as a primer for navigating topics related to race and, more importantly, how to think before you start those conversations.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Four ways to stay busy, safe and connected this week

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: painter Jesse Stockwell's big and beautiful solo exhibit — and recommend some fun things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

Listen: Dear Prudence

At first glance, the Dear Prudence podcast seems like another agony aunt column turned audio program. Letters and voicemail questions encompass the neighborly disputes, family feuds and office politics everyone expects from an advice podcast, plus a hefty dose of questions about sex, love and relationships. What sets the show apart, however, is host Danny Lavery, who tackles each topic with authentic open-minded empathy and inclusiveness. Lavery’s answers are thoughtful and detailed with careful consideration for the many different cultural dynamics at play in each writer’s life and the world at large. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Read: A View from the Crow’s Nest

The late Murray Ross and his wife Betty have been integral to nurturing the Colorado Springs creative scene, first by founding TheatreWorks at UCCS in 1975, and then through 40 years of continuous support. Murray Ross served as the artistic director at TheatreWorks for decades, establishing a theater company that has become recognized nationally, and building new generations of theater enthusiasts through Shakespeare, contemporary plays and beloved theatrical classics. A View from the Crow’s Nest tells the story of his passion for the arts through 200 pages of photos, commentary and memoir. Limited copies available only through the UCCS bookstore.

Watch: Dear Class of 2020

Barack and Michelle Obama have teamed up with YouTube to send the socially distanced class of 2020 off to their futures in style with a virtual commencement. Featuring performances, powerful speeches and a whole lot of empathy, viewers will be treated to an experience meant to soothe the pain of missing an entire season of important youth milestones and show them that the world hasn’t forgotten what they have lost. Livestream will begin at 1 p.m. MST on Saturday, June 6, via YouTube.

Play: The Last of Us Part II

In the world of theatrical gameplay, The Last of Us exceeded all expectations with its cinematic scenes, compelling plot and engrossing characters. Its long-awaited sequel promises to be equally exceptional, picking up five years after the end of the original and following protagonist Ellie as she navigates post-apocalyptic America and all the dangers therein. After the game was delayed multiple times by development challenges and then the COVID-19 pandemic, fans will finally get their chance to immerse themselves in epic gameplay that feels as much like a film as a video game. Available June 19 on PlayStation 4.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Four ways to stay both entertained and safe this week

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 1:00 AM

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To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: painter Emily Sullivan's new online show at The Machine Shop — and recommend some fun things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Space Force

When the Trump administration announced the addition of a new military branch, the Space Force, many people thought it would be a passing whim. However, Space Force is here to stay and Netflix wasted no time in launching a comedy about the new organization, complete with a star-studded cast that includes Steve Carell and John Malkovich. Deadpan humor, governmental ribbing and affectionate military mockery make this an uplifting watch for a variety of audiences. Launching May 29 on Netflix.

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The Hilarious World of Depression

Podcast host and radio personality John Moe has spent years living with depression and learning how to cope and thrive. His new book combines the story of his struggles, and insights he has gained through years of interviews with others like him. Humorous — often darkly so — and deeply empathetic, Moe’s book is an inspiration for those working through their own battles with depression, and enlightening for the people in their lives who love them. If the book isn’t quite enough, Moe also has a podcast of the same name you can check out. Available now from most book retailers.

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Get Sleepy

World events and strange, endless days are making it harder and harder for many adults to settle down and sleep each night. Creators of the Get Sleepy podcast have cultivated a soothing series of bedtime stories for adults, complete with relaxing music, soothing narration, calming subliminal messages and tranquil ambient sounds. The episodes run anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and the stories are often engaging enough to keep your mind from racing to other topics, yet not so deeply engrossing that you find yourself straining to stay awake to listen to the end. Available on most podcast platforms.

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Yard Pong

It’s safe to say the days of beer pong are over for a while — tossing a ball of questionable cleanliness into communal beer cups is not the best idea during a pandemic. Yard Pong, however, allows you to play the famous frat party game in the great outdoors using collapsible “buckets” filled with water or sand to hold them steady, and tennis balls. Plus, the elimination of alcohol means the whole family can play. You can pick up various versions of the game at most retailers or create your own with a dozen cheap 5-gallon buckets and any ball you like. Oh, and feel free to drink a clean, personal container of beer while you play.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A drive-in movie and other ways to spend your week

Posted By on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: two new exhibits at Kreuser Gallery — and recommend some fun things you can do at home or safely out and about. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Car Seat Cinema

FH BeerWorks (2490 Victor Place) is bringing back the days of the drive-in movie. The brewery has an enormous “backyard” that is perfect for parking and kicking back to check out flicks from the safety of your car — social distancing will be strictly enforced. No beer can be consumed or sold during the show, but you can purchase to-go packs of their favorite brews to take home for a nightcap and they even deliver it to your car. You are welcome to bring non-alcoholic beverages. Also on the docket at FH Beerworks: Drive up to the backyard on Fridays for an 18+ live comedy show, featuring a new lineup of professional, regional comedians every week. Standup comedy: 8 p.m. Fridays, $15 per car. Car seat Cinema: 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, $15 per car; facebook.com/FHBeerworksEast.

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Son of a Hitman

If you’re a fan of actor Woody Harrelson, you may or may not know he is the son of infamous hitman Charles Harrelson, who died in a Colorado prison in 2007 while serving two consecutive life sentences for the murder of a U.S. district court judge. Blending true crime and pop culture, journalist Jason Cavanagh explores the senior Harrelson’s other alleged crimes and digs deep to find out if there are other unknown murders to the deceased hitman’s credit. Available on most podcast platforms.

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The Tourist Attraction

Colorado hasn’t been home to an ocean in about a hundred million years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cozy up in the backyard or lounge on the balcony with an easy-breezy beach read. Sarah Morgenthaler’s The Tourist Attraction takes you away to Moose Springs, Alaska, a friendly tourist town that has altogether bored diner owner Graham Barnett as he cooks up daily specials in a life of mediocrity. Enter charming and reluctant tourist Zoey Caldwell and you have the recipe for an easy-to-read summer romance novel that is sure to entertain. Available via most book retailers.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Four ways to enjoy your safer-at-home week

Posted By on Wed, May 13, 2020 at 1:00 AM

To encourage social distancing during the spread of COVID-19, we are altering our regular “Event Horizon” section for the foreseeable future. While many local events have been canceled, we will clue you into at least one local online experience — this week: ROLL Bike Art Festival's exciting virtual preview event — and recommend some fun things you can do at home. Please continue to support local arts during this difficult time.

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Shakespeare for Squirrels

Author Christopher Moore is known for his humorous takes on historic tales, be it an affectionate retelling of the early days of Jesus Christ in Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff or a rather absurd rendition of Shakespeare’s King Lear as told by the beloved character Pocket in the book Fool. In Shakespeare for Squirrels, Pocket makes a new appearance, this time in the world of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The aspiring jester finds himself in the center of a variety of catastrophes as he works to save a young damsel from execution and solve the mystery of the death of another jester in the realm of the fairy king.



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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Although an animated series from 2005 might seem like old news, to the fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the latest decision to stream the entire series on Netflix is a refreshing gift in troubled times. The show, which only ran for three years on Nickelodeon, has an incredibly devoted following that has long praised the show’s maturity, character development and cultural inclusivity. It follows young Avatar Aang, the lone survivor of his nation, and a cast of unique characters as they work to end war and elude Zuko, a disgraced prince seeking to restore his honor by capturing the Avatar. Available May 15.

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The 27 Club

Are you a conspiracy theorist or a person obsessed with bizarre coincidences? Do you love the history of popular music? The 27 Club is here to take you deep into the rabbit hole of a pop cultural phenomenon — musicians throughout history who died at the age of 27. Host Jake Brennan explores the lives of the unfortunate artists who died young and often at the height of their fame, including Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse. Even if you’re not on board with the idea that something deeper and more cosmic is going on, it’s a pretty rad deep dive into music history that’s worth your time. Available on most podcast platforms.

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The Elder Scrolls: Greymoor

If you’re going to be staying home as much as possible, you might as well spend your time playing in one of the most expansive and engrossing online universes around. This iteration of the popular Elder Scrolls takes you deep into the mountains of Western Skyrim, where you’ll work to save Tamriel from enslavement by the cruel Vampire Lord. At a time when our sense of isolation is at its peak, Elder Scrolls has millions of players online ready to virtually team up with you to slay boredom and bad guys. Available on PC May 26.
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